Macbook

The MacBook is an incredible piece of engineering technology. This one is sitting on the MacBook Pro it’s replacing- after three years. 13” vs 12” and it’s more powerful and has more storage. The same amount of ram however. The size difference is astonishing…

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Android Still Sucks at 4.3

When Android 4.3 API18 came out I pulled my old Nexus 7 out of the drawer, charged it, let it update to 4.3.18 and tried to use it for the next three days, leaving my iPad mini in the drawer instead.   What I found out was: Android OS still sucks unbelievably bad. It’s kinda…

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Windows7 Reverse Scrolling

Do you use Windows7 on bootcamp? Or anywhere? After adjusting to the scrolling system on Mountain Lion (which I love) it’s almost impossible to go back to Windows and have wierd scrolling again. You can easily change it for USB mice (still need to figure out how to do it for trackpad) where easily assumes…

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PowerMac G5 and LACP

I’ve been playing around recently with backups, trying to get them going again for my data. I’m moving the backups to my oldest Mac, a G5 Metal Tower. I purchased a gig ethernet card for it and since it comes with built-in gig I wanted to setup LACP with it. LACP will bond the two…

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EEE 1201n Ubuntu Karmic – Good Results

So the EEEbuntu 3 install (based on Ubuntu 9.04, Jaunty) was too flakey, and while I had the ION working great, I still had no ethernet or wifi. EEEbuntu is working on release 4 (based on debian) but they haven’t even released a beta yet. So, being bored I wiped the EEEbuntu and replaced it…

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Removing Blastwave from Solaris

Solaris on spac is a lot of fun, however, sometimes you need to clear the deck of all the fun and start fresh. With blastwave (CSW) you install pre-built binaries for your system as regular solaris packages. Removing them using pkgrm is a pain if you want to clear blastwave off completely and start fresh…

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Hope for Newton – squashing the 2010 Bug?

Mottek: John Arkley was wrong … Eckhart Köppen has built a Newton patch. So it seems like there are 3 people alive who can do it, despite what John has written. John, Paul and Eckhart. And only one of them is actively developing for the Newton… Which is pretty impressive. Meanwhile, the excellect Nitch software…

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Why the best Newtons could die next year

There is a bad bug in the handing of time for Newton OS 2.1, which is used on most Newtons still around today. Details of the bug have been collected on the 40hz site. There is one ‘fix’ that doesn’t completely work. What is needed is a real system patch, and those are just not…

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Mysql Gem for OSX Lepard Ruby

Want to build the mysql gem for the system’s Ruby and use the mysql binary you just installed from mysql.org? Easy, has wonko.com has the answer and it worked perfectly! I love Google. airbot:~ [504]$ sudo env ARCHFLAGS=”-arch i386″ gem install mysql — \ > –with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql –with-mysql-lib=/usr/local/mysql/lib \ > –with-mysql-include=/usr/local/mysql/include Password: Bulk updating Gem source…

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2 cool free iPhone apps

1 Mint 2 PCalc Lite two great apps to have on your phone, and they don’t cost a dime. Meanwhile, I’ve got SimCity for the iPhone and it’s everything they claim it is, only downside is that it can’t run in the backgroud. I no longer need a port for the Mac…

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2008 and the Newton

Genghis7777 has a great roundup of 2008 Newton Developments. I haven’t used my Newton much, but I’m actually considering taking it back up again since the iPhone is not able to track all the notes and things I need to keep around. There is still a strong community, still developing and making the Newton relevant…

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MacBook Pro – new trackpad

Just used the new MBP for about 4 hours. The new new ‘all one big button’ trackpad is really annoying. I had my thumb down at the bottom of the ‘pad trying to click a button that just isn’t there anymore. Having to remember to click the entire pad is just really…. weird. Too weird…

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Android 101 – Part 2

Now that the emulator is up and running, you need to get familiar with adb – the Android Debug Bridge – and start poking around at your device. I found ADB back in the latest SDK, and used it to connect to my emulator. You can start a shell and poke around. I want to…

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Starting Android Open Source Emulator

Once you have build Android on your Mac OSX (I have Leopard) following the Google directions, it’s time to start it. This wasn’t as easy as it sounds, as I couldn’t find any docs that talked about this, except for this page that talks about the emulator in the SDK. In your droid repo directory,…

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Building Android – Available Now!

Android is OpenSourced, and you can build it yourself on MacOSX or an Ubuntu machine. THis is not the emulator, but real Android OS running on your system. http://source.android.com/download Has the directions. Check out the known-issues page before giving up- there are some rough edges. 10/22 Update: watch out for your file system on the…

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Zimbra and new IP’s

So I’ve been happily using Zimbra as my primary mailserver for a couple of years. My host recently changed IP addresses, and I took the time to update zimbra to the latest release. Two things tripped me up. First, this upgrade, unlike any other, refused to complete- the LDAP wouldn’t start after it was upgraded…

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EEE 901 Ubuntu and Netbook Remix

I was fortunate enough to pick up an EEE 901 for a work project and have spent some time with this machine. I chose the Linux version with 20G, which comes broken down into 2 different ‘drives’ (they aren’t really SSD drives, just chips that plug into the ePCI sockets, but they emulate real PATA…

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Could Android crush iPhone?

I’ve never been happier with a device than I have been my my iPhone. However, there is one huge problem. You can’t write your own software for it (this doesn’t count) , or even hack some existing software that someone else wrote. OK, at least you can’t do those things without using a process called…

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